Award winning architects Gray Puksand, are helping to create a brighter future for Shepparton, with preliminary works on the Greater Shepparton Secondary College commencing next month.
With the Gray Puksand designed secondary school set to replace the city’s four existing public secondary schools, a sense of connectedness is integral to the design.
Balancing top educational facilities for the region with the intimacy of a smaller school environment was achieved by centring the school around a flagship building connected to a series of ‘neighbourhoods’ across the wider campus.
The school’s Enterprise and Innovation Centre (home to arts, science, food technology and technology spaces) takes centre stage, with adjoining ‘neighbourhoods’ comprised of three ‘houses’.
Each ‘house’ represents a self-contained smaller school community of around 300 students.
Feedback gained from students, teachers and the wider community played an important role in the design process.The project design team said the student experience was at the forefront of the design process, to ensure an environment where students could easily get to know their peers, teachers and support staff.
Additional inspiration for the project was drawn from the surrounding Shepparton landscape, drawing on the aesthetic of the house, rural architecture and a village townscape, the campus design provides a complete learning landscape. Around two thirds of the school site will be dedicated to outdoor space, with landscaping incorporating native plants.
Demolition works on the current school site are set to commence in February 2020.
The project is being delivered by Gray Puksand in conjunction with the Victorian School Building Authority, SEMZ Property Advisory & Project Management, Hansen Yuncken,Irwinconsult, McKenzie Group Consulting and Tract Consultants.